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Reader Ghb624 reworked his front steps recently. Anyone who’s ever taken on concrete anything knows that it can either go south in a big hurry or turn out just fine. In this case it looks like Ghb has managed to get a good-looking result without making it worse.

After resurfacing them with patching concrete and painting. Now the long term test begins.
This was my first ever attempt at resurfacing concrete, and trying to end up with a smooth and level surface, with a slight slope for water runoff. Prior to the fix, the steps had a negative slope such that water didn’t run off after a rain. Consequently, paint wouldn’t stick for very long, and the tread surfaces had become eroded and rough.

The last time I tried to resurface concrete I succeeded in making a horrible-looking mess that took me even longer to clean up — I’ll see if I can’t find some pictures to prove it. We hope your new green entryway stays that way for a good number of years, sir.

Toolmonger Photo Pool [Flickr]


2 Responses to From The Flickr Pool: Green Steps

  1. David says:

    I wonder if whatever they use for a stucco “color coat” would work for an application like this. Would it be better than normal paint?

  2. Blair says:

    There are additives that are designed to color concrete, but I’m not sure of the color options, and since this was a re-surfacing job, they might not be applicable.

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